“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls”
– Pablo Picasso
Music, art, and poetry infuse a culture with vibrancy. Our schools are an integral transmitter of this cultural vibrancy and stand in the vanguard to help ensure that our students have an environment within which to express their creativity and passion.
Precipitous declines in funding for art and music over the past few decades have severely limited our schools’ ability to fulfill this important cultural role. In an era where art and music are the first things cut in the education budget, many people have worked tirelessly to maintain art and music in our schools. One such person is Brad Bradley. This grant program is made possible because of his vision and generosity.
Mr. Bradley was an orphan in Poland at age eight. By age sixteen, when World War II started in 1939, he crossed numerous borders before eventually arriving in England. He enrolled in officer’s training school and because of his vast proficiency with many eastern European languages; he became indispensable to the underground resistance movement.
When the war ended, he made his way to the United States and matriculated at Kansas State University, where he studied agricultural economics. With degree(s) in hand, he spent many years working for the United Nations helping to improve farming methods and the distribution of food in many countries. His last career stint was with an agricultural investment firm in the Bay Area.
When Mr. Bradley retired he pursued his lifetime interest in art, poetry and music. His art was displayed in many local art galleries. Art enhanced his life and inspired his desire to help others have the same opportunity to express themselves through their artistic endeavors.
Upon his death, he bequeathed his estate to the Ed Fund so that students in the school district would have resources for art and music.
The Ed Fund is honored to be the recipient of Mr. Bradley’s generosity and vision. We have implemented a grant program to support arts and music in the district utilizing the resources that have been entrusted to us.
An arts and music education plays a significant role in a student’s academic achievement. Students who have the opportunity to take music and art classes do better overall in their studies than students who do not have these same opportunities. For example, there is a strong correlation between a student’s music education and their understanding of math. Beyond the pragmatic benefit that arts and music provide, there is the sheer joy of being able to learn how to play an instrument, write a song, draw a picture, or simply express one’s artistic creativity.
In the 2015-2016 school year we:
- Awarded $27,500 in Arts & Music Impact Grants to 6 different schools/projects
- Awarded $20,000 in Arts & Music Grants funds to support summer programming
Applications will be accepted for the 2017-2018 school year in the spring of 2017. Donate funds in support of Arts & Music Impact grants. To learn more about our application process, visit our applications page.
If you would like to learn more about the Ed Fund’s Arts & Music Program, contact Deputy Director Robert Bunce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-233-1464 ext. 104.